April 7, 2012

My Favorite Guy In Any Golf Tournament...

     ...is the "Early Clubhouse Leader Guy".  The player who starts early on Sunday, puts up a ridiculously low round, and has a good final score locked in, only there's two or three guys above him on the leaderboard, one of which is probably going to beat him.  A perfect example of this is Anthony Kim in the 2010 Masters, when he posted a final round of 65 to finish at 12-under, but Phil Mickelson and Lee Westwood managed to keep the top two overall scores.

     The Early Clubhouse Leader Guy combines two things that a sports fan loves.  This is a guy who plays great when it matters the most, and people find that to be an honorable quality.  Also, the Early Clubhouse Leader Guy is the ultimate underdog.  Not only is he behind in the tournament.  He can't even do anything to improve his chances.  All he can do is hope everyone else starts playing poorly.  I can't help but to root along with him.

     Who could be the Early Clubhouse Leader Guy in the 2012 Masters?  The fact that the top 5 players are all one shot apart (-9, -8, -7, -6, and -5) means it's unlikely there will even be one.  The players within 6 or 7 shots of the lead aren't starting much earlier than the lead guys, so even if someone does make a charge, the leaders will only have a few holes left to play, therefore lessening the effect.  Still, I could see one of the early -2 guys pulling it off, such as Jason Dufner or even Fred Couples.

     Masters competitors, my support is still up for grabs (sort of).  Which one of you is up to the task?

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